Something For The Weekend: Radie Peat's Cultural Picks
Radie Peat is a member of self-proclaimed 'Dublin folk miscreants' Lankum, nominated for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Award for their acclaimed album Between the Earth & Sky.
Fresh from acclaim for her acting role in Druid's revival of John B. Keane's play Sive at the Gaiety Theatre, Radie is currently working with vocalist Katie Kim on a collaborative project, A Night Of Musical Stories, to be premiered at Dublin's Peppercannister Church on Saturday, April 14th as part of this year's Musictown Festival
I saw The Piano a long time ago and it really stuck with me, I found it to be both disturbing and very emotionally effective at the same time - there's a scene that makes me cry every time I see it. Another good one is Dead Man, brilliant soundtrack by Neil Young and really unusual shots and style of storytelling. I also really enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild.
This is far too broad for me, I'm afraid, because I'm obsessed with music and it permeates my life on a number of levels. So I will narrow it to the most recent 'earworms' or songs that I feel compelled to listen to on a daily/almost daily basis (this week!): Oh Superman by Laurie Anderson, Hurricane Laughter by Fontaines DC, Wicked Game as covered by Katie Kim and Nothin by Townes Van Zandt.
Fiction: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Snapper by Roddy Doyle, Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. Non fiction: The Pyschopath Test by Jon Ronson, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, If this is a man by Primo Levi.
Definitely Michael Keegan-Dolan's Loch na hEala/ Swan Lake, it took me totally by surprise and is the most memorable thing I've seen on stage.
I really enjoyed the HBO series Carnivale, I've watched the whole thing twice, and will probably watch it again at some point. It was never really finished cause it was cut after two seasons but I think it's brilliant. It's set in a travelling circus during the dust-bowl era of the great depression in America. It has a lot of real gothic, fire and brimstone stuff going on. The next series I plan on watching when I have time is Tremé.
The two most recent gigs that really made an impression on me were Richard Dawson in Whelan's, supported by Katie Kim, and Xlouris White in the Workman's Club. Upcoming: I'm hoping to go see Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in June, I've never really seen him live properly, and also Landless are launching their debut album on the 9th of March in St. Anne's church on Dawson St. (Which hopefully won't be the past by the time you read this)
I've always liked Alfonso Mucha and Austin Osman Spare, but there are a few artists working at the moment I really admire that I'd sooner mention. One is Glyn Smyth (Stag and Serpent) who does all the Lankum artwork, and another is a woman who works under the name Votive Illustration who's work is not widely known, but will be soon I hope, because it's great. I also came across a Russian artist called Vania Zouravliov online and was very taken with their work. One of my favourite working artists, and a person I really admire in general is Helen McDonnell, tattooist and owner of Skullduggery Tatu in Belfast. She's brilliant and does mixed media exhibitions as well as her stunning tattoo work.
I got really obsessed with the Jon Ronson on... radio series, I've listened to every episode at least twice. I also enjoyed his recent podcast The Butterfly Effect but not as much. Also I thought S-Town was great.
Tech: I'm not that into apps and all that. I probably don't really use technology to its full potential, I still write everything down in a notebook. Also I'm increasingly convinced that smartphones are really bad for us psychologically, I think they contribute a lot to people's stress and anxiety levels. And don't get me started on Facebook...
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Bohs! And also squatting... judging by the STATE of the housing situation.